Putin gets jab of COVID-19 vaccine — out of the public eye

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin spokesman says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Putin is feeling fine after getting the jab on Tuesday and is planning a regular workday Wednesday. Peskov explained earlier that the president would get the shot out of the public eye because “when it comes to getting vaccinated on camera, he has never supported that, he doesn’t like that.” Russia, where only 4.3% of the 146-million population have received at least one shot, lags behind a number of countries in terms of the vaccination rate. A poll by the independent pollster Levada Center found 62% of Russians were not willing to take the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.